Message from the Chairperson:
Like the proverbial banyan tree, Sundram Fasteners School of Applied Psychology is one such branch that’s taken root at The Banyan Academy. The campus by the sea is unique, adding to the curricula via immersive learning on the ground. The school of human ecology envisages that theoretical and skill-based applications of learning reach all in need of mental health services with varying degrees of complexities, without compromising on the expectations of indigenous cultures and local realities, and strengthen existing resources to promote well-being. Constructive, empirical learning experiences are incorporated for students in diverse field settings such as de-addiction, psycho-oncology, child and adolescent mental health, and geriatric care covering a wide array of psychological and behavioral science approaches for populations with specific mental health needs. Custom designed techniques are innovated, tested, and applied to suit select vulnerable populations. Within the school, pathology is related to distress, and care to build resilience and empowerment. Students are motivated to challenge application imports and bring in originality, cross-fertilize, and validate their trails on the ground in keeping with sound ethical principles. Interventions being crucial, our USP vests in preventive, promotive, and scalable models of care to build ongoing supportive changes for personal recovery. The pedagogical process incorporates sensitization, analytical thinking, personal and professional growth among our students who represent pan-India, for them to become balanced, empowered, and resilient human beings. Our alumni continue to make their presence felt with their contributions to mental health services, be it work in universities, NGOs, public and private sectors, or in academics in various schools of eminence across the world. The flow of connecting remains with BALM and they serve as our live emissaries. In the words of Jiddu Krishnamurthy, “training and practice are major components of developing expertise in whatever human beings do”.
Dr. Lakshmi Sankaran